The international relations of Romania in the 1950s.  Cover Image

The international relations of Romania in the 1950s.

Author(s): Paul Nistor
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Palatul Culturii
Keywords: International relations; international organizations; post-war period

Summary/Abstract: The People’s Republic of Romania aligned to the policies dictated by Kremlin after the post-war period, becoming a small wheel in the global gear of the Soviet Union. Throughout the 1950s, the initiatives and decisions of foreign policy were almost entirely transferred to Moscow, Bucharest accepting the coordination, suggestions and directives that came from Soviet strategists in international relations. In exchange, the Romanian communist elite received stability, protection from their own society and security against external threats. By placing the equality sign between their own vulnerabilities and those of the country, leaders of the PMR had permanently stirred the threat of foreign enemies, ready to trigger a world war for economic, militarist and imperialist reasons. On this background, a major split occurred in the Romanian foreign policy, traditionally directed towards Western powers. After 1945, the tradition of Western alliance was discarded and Romania chose the Eastern model of progress. The trade, cultural bonds, political preferences and economic flows were brutally redirected to the Eastern European neighbors with whom, until then, they had only been in superficial relationships.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 30-31
  • Page Range: 247-262
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Romanian